Veggies And The Grill

by Kim on April 21, 2012

What a busy morning!  I signed up for the Thrill of the Grill 5K a few weeks ago and this morning was race day!  I found this race listed on the RunOn! website and saw that Central Market Plano was the main sponsor, which just happens to be a five-minute drive for me.  For all of you who are not from Texas, Central Market is a high-end grocery store, comparable to Whole Foods.  They’ve got all kinds of cool food and a great prepared food section.  It can be on the pricier end as far as groceries are concerned, but I’ve found that if I don’t get all kinds of exotic ingredients, Central Market is just as expensive as Tom Thumb (otherwise known as Safeway in other parts of the country) if not as much, and it’s definitely way cheaper than Whole Foods.  If we ever leave Texas, I will greatly miss Central Market.

Anyway, because Central Market was the main sponsor, breakfast was provided to all the runners post-race!  I couldn’t pass that up!  When I arrived at Central Market this morning, I was pleasantly surprised to see all the venders and sponsors at the race.  It was almost as good as going to a Marathon Expo!

The Starting Line

Nick has a cold so I let him sleep in, so this was the only picture I got of myself.  Once the race photos are posted, I’ll snag them (if they are decent) and share them with you all!

I had some time to kill so I continued to wander around and check out the different vendors.

Breakfast Tent

Stage with Pre-race Warm-up

I won a reusable grocery bag but didn’t have time to go to my car before the race, so I ended up leaving it behind one of the vendor booths and completely forgot to pick it up before I left after the race.  Oh well.

As it neared 8:30 AM, I headed back to the race starting line and made my way near the front.  I’ve come to realize that getting in as close to the front means less crowd dodging.  Sometimes getting to the front is hard to do, but I managed to get about 25 feet from the starting line this morning.  The clock struck 8:30 and we were off!  The race course itself was nothing to write home about.  Suburbia.  Boring.  I’ve been a total slug lately and haven’t been working out very much, particularly since the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half, so I was feeling a little out of shape.  I walked momentarily at the water station about half-way through, just long enough to get a sip of water in my mouth.  And then I walked again at about 2.25 miles, along the highway access road; I just climbed a largish hill and walked about a tenth of a mile at the plateau of the hill to catch my breath.  It’s a little embarrassing that I’ve slacked off so much with my workouts lately that I couldn’t make it through the entire 5K without walking, but regardless, I crossed the finish line at 29:20.  Despite the short walks, this was my best 5K so far!  I came in #15 out of 83 for my age group and #123 out of all 851 women.  Not to shabby, right?  So at 29:20, my average pace was 9’24” per mile.

After I caught my breath, it was time for breakfast!

Bacon, eggs, and potatoes.  I normally don’t eat so heavily after I run, but the breakfast was included in my registration and I can’t turn down free food, so I dove in.

After a tasty breakfast on the grass, I walked around a little bit more.  Dean Kranazes was at the race, brought in by Greek Gods Greek Yogurt.
To be honest, I didn’t really know who he was.  I probably should start reading Runner’s World or something so I can be more savvy on running stuff.  Anyway, for those of you who are like me and have no idea who this guy is, he’s an ultra marathon runner, having done marathons on all of the continents and 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days, and other crazy and very impressive running achievements.  He was signing his book, Run! 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss, but I didn’t have any cash with me.

I continued to wander around and checked out all of the smokers and grills before heading out.

A UT Themed Smoker Vendor for all of you Longhorn Fans!

Back home, I took inventory of all the loot I collected at the race.

But before I drove home, I made a pit stop to pick up my Urban Acres bin!
This week’s share includes:
Peaches
Red Kale
Green Onions
Asparagus
Onions
Celery
Fennel
Beets
Carrots
Chard
Red Leaf Lettuce
Farm-Fresh Eggs, which I added on to my basic bundle.

Now that grilling season has officially kicked off, I think some of these veggies are worthy of the grill this week!  What do you think?

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